New Delhi, May 13: India has decided to boycott “One Belt One Road” summit held in Beijing on Sunday, to send a strong message to China. According to NDTV reports, India has decided to boycott China’s ambitious project of cross-border connectivity through ports, roads and railways.Also Read - China To Release Missing Arunachal Teen, Will Soon Announce Date And Time: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor also known as CPEC is one part of the project that runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir which was strongly objected by India. India has maintained that Pakistan Occupied Kashmir is a part of India and not Pakistan. Also Read - 6 Places in India Where You Can Find Egyptian Mummies, History Enthusiast or Not!
However, there has been no official confirmation given my Ministry of External Affairs on the participation in the two-day meeting. Gopal Baglay, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson earlier this week told reporters that the government had not taken any decision yet. Also Read - Republic Day 2022: PM Narendra Modi's Personal Message to Chris Gayle On India's 73rd Republic Day
Earlier this week, Gopal Baglay while addressing the media had said, “Our position is that since the so-called CPEC forms a part of OBOR, that is where our difficulty is. The project is proposed to pass through what is sovereign Indian territory and we have made our views in this regard very, very clear to the Chinese side.”
But on the other side, China has brushed aside India’s concern. Luo Zhaohui, China’s ambassador to India, last week had asked New Delhi to look at the project through the prism of economics and not sovereignty.
For next two-day, leaders of 29 countries plus senior delegates from other nations gather in Beijing for a summit for the road project that stretches from China to Europe. The project involves hundreds of billions of dollars over the next few years and the initiative is expected to concrete China’s dominance over Asia, including in Pakistan.
Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal had already decided to attend the programme. Also, the United States has decided to attend the summit. When compared to India, China’s economy is five times. India is the third biggest economy after China and Japan, which sits near one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean. As Delhi has finally decided not to be a part of the continent-wide project, it may be a headache for both China as well as India in the near future.
Apart from the summit, India is upset over China’s refusal to allow its entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).